Bragging rights and blissfully stress-free – why your next family holiday should be a cruise

Having taken my twin daughters on cruises since they were three years-old, I can vouch for all of this. They’re now 19, but as they grew up, we were easily able to find cruises best suited to each stage of their childhood. 

We started with mainstream lines on ex-UK departures and Mediterranean sailings, and as we grew more confident we went further afield to the Caribbean, Alaska and tried different styles of cruising, experimenting with river voyages, an amazing Galapagos trip and sailing through the Adriatic on a tall ship.

The constant theme throughout was the variety of destinations and onboard activities, coupled with the flexible, yet secure, cruise environment that suited us all. 

As tiny tots, the kids clubs provided a safe haven for the girls, while giving us adults valuable time to ourselves. As the twins grew older, we were relaxed about them exploring the ship on their own and relishing an initial taste of independence in the sheltered surroundings.

Holly and Dani have now notched up an impressive 28 cruises and their tastes have matured since their three-year-old selves, whose biggest thrill was simply being on a “big boat”.

Yet their excitement at taking to the seas (or rivers) remains as steadfast as ever, proving that if cruise lines can win over young fans, the likelihood is they’ll keep them for life.

Going Greek

Recommended for: tweens and teens

Take the hassle out of Greek island hopping on a half-term voyage that taps into the party vibe of Mykonos and natural drama of volcanic Santorini. There’s shopping and ancient history on Rhodes, Minoan ruins in Crete and an escapist feel in Milos, plus pretty beaches lapped by the Aegean Sea and idyllic fishing villages. With prices including two excursions, drinks and gratuities, this sailing gets top marks for value too.

How to do it

One-week Idyllic Aegean round-trip cruise from Athens with Celestyal Cruises ( departs May 28. From £2,704 for a family of four sharing a cabin.

Covid rules 

All passengers over 12 must show proof of full vaccination or recovery. Children aged between six and 11 can show a negative antigen rapid test taken within the last 48 hours instead.

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